Paul L. Caron

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Minnesota Associate Dean Tells The Story Behind The Media Coverage Of The Law School's Budget Challenges

Minnesota LogoIn response to yesterday's post, University Of Minnesota Approves $3.6 Million Subsidy For Law School; Regent Urges School To Drop Quest To Retain Top 20 Ranking Due To Projected $100 Million 10-Year Subsidy, incoming Minnesota Associate Dean Bill McGeveran requested that I post this response:

While there have been challenges here at Minnesota, readers should know that the recent media coverage you cite doesn't include the whole story.

First, of the 11 public law schools in the top 30, the only ones to get a lower percentage of their revenue from state support are Berkeley, Michigan, and Virginia — all with endowments 2 to 4 times larger than ours. The so-called "subsidy" is actually bringing us into line with our peers.

Second, our applicant numbers, yield, and class size have all increased for the entering classes of 2017 and 2018, without any sacrifice in the credentials of our incoming students.

All law schools need to be conscious of costs today, and we're no exception. But there's no dire crisis at Minnesota, even if that's a less interesting news story.

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'"So called"? "SO CALLED"? This a is subsidy, pure and simple. The fact that UM Law cannot raise more money from its alumni is damning in and of itself. It certainly does not justify taking taxpayer money to artificially pump up its USN&WR rating.

Again, public schools should NOT play the "ratings game".

Posted by: Kneave Riggall | Jun 23, 2018 3:23:33 PM